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Reporters’ Notebook for March 30

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, born on this date in 1853, “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

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PASTA TIME – The East Aurora Music Boosters will host their annual fundraising spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria of East Aurora Middle School, 430 Main St., with musical accompaniment by students. Dinners are $8 and include meatballs, salad, roll and beverage.

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PLAN AHEAD – A pair of free seminars on real estate topics for seniors, their loved ones and caregivers will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Presbyterian Village at North Church, 214 Village Park Drive, Williamsville, at 10 a.m. April 7 in Canterbury Woods, 705 Renaissance Drive, Amherst; and at 10:30 a.m. April 11 in Southtowns YMCA, 1620 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca.

Leading the seminar will be licensed real estate broker Michael Olear, a member of the Olear Team at MJ Peterson Corp. Topics will include simplifying a living situation and legal and regulatory issues. To register, call 880-4442 or email info@olear.com.

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STEPPING OUT – Crash Cadillac will play for an April Fool’s Day Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Stephen Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Chips and pretzels will be provided and there will be a cash bar. Those attending are welcome to bring other food.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit the monument fund for Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 77. For tickets, call 693-4479.

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ANACHRONISTIC – Spot something that doesn’t look historically accurate this weekend at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., and you might a win a prize. The public is invited to search the premises for items that would not have been around during Roosevelt’s day at the third annual April Fools Fun sessions from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to prizes, there will be drawings and children’s activities. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students with ID, $5 for young people 12 and older. Kids under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. For info and tickets, call 884-0095 or visit trsite.org.

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INSIDERS – The Western New York Railway Historical Society will beat the bad weather forecast this weekend with an indoor garage sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee St., off Elk Street. Parking and admission are free. In addition to train stuff, there will be housewares, clothing and other items. Want to sell something? Rent a table for $10 by calling 901-0012 or emailing info@hdcbuffalo.org.

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RESEARCHING ROOTS – A genealogy workshop, “Breaking Old World: Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors,” will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday in Forest Lawn’s Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center, 1990 Main St. Explaining how to track down information will be Rhonda Konig, a librarian with the Information Services and Outreach Department at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Tickets are $15. For details or to purchase tickets, visit forest-lawn.com.

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BEST SELLERS – The arts and their economic impact will be the topic as the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women Inc. holds a dinner meeting April 6 in the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6.

The program will feature a panel discussion with award-winning artist Catherine Linder Spencer, creative consultant Dana Saylor and creative agency exec Adriana Gonzales-Vera. Moderator will be Pauline Hoffman, dean of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University. Cost is $30 for chapter members, $35 for guests. All are welcome. To register online, visit bncwomeninc.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Don Grant, Adriana Adriv Viverette, Stuart Miller, John Vuich, Jen Braun, Jim Russell, Lisa O’Gorman, Dan Weinrieb, Butch Lickfeld, Travis Lickfeld, Jim Dole, Beverly Copoulos, Cindy Roberts, Sister Mary Francilita Machnica, Mary Ann Kirisits, Wallace Kasper, Luca Cristiano Gattuso, Sean Kennelly, Hinako Bird, Butch Kazeangin, Debbie Palkowski, Bonnie Seiling, Cindy Streicher, Teresa Taberski, Kevin Pikul, Ryan Kruszka and Louise Makuch.

AND THURSDAY – Char Caprino, Arlene Kaukus, Susan Copley, Laurie Lisowski Frey, Don Portik, Gail Montedoro, Lois Floreale, Rose Marie Schuhmacher, Katie Casey, Jeanne Kabacinski, Ronnie Cavan, Rev. Ron Knapp, Ken Partridge, Sandra Baker, Gloria Halligan and Kathy Fleischman.

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